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It Only Took This Boy One Leg to Become an Inspiration & a True Champion

Meet Nico Calabria. Born with one leg, he didn’t let his disability dictate how his life is going to be.

Despite his condition, Nico started playing soccer at the age of 5 and dreamed of playing in the World Cup. His aspirations may sound impossible for some people but this boy managed to defy expectations and overcome the unimaginable. At the age of 13, he raised more than $100,000 for a charity by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on crutches.  He also played varsity soccer for Concord-Carlisle High in Massachusetts, where he once scored a goal that attracted more than 2 million viewers on YouTube.  At age of 19, Nico became the youngest member of the US National Amputee Soccer Team and fulfilled his dream of representing his country in the World Cup.

In this Powerade’s Powering through campaign, the company featured Nico’s formative experiences as a child and his personal journey as an athlete. Be inspired by learning more about his life and by watching this heartwarming 2-minute video montage.


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Written by Anne Cacherell

Anne Cacherell is a viral buzz maker who loves to write about inspiring and interesting stories for healthy public consumption. She is currently based in the twin tropical island paradise of Trinidad & Tobago.

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